Sprint Adds Free Mobile Calling, Texts to Canada, Mexico
Sprint customers will also receive 1GB of free 3G data while traveling in those countries, on top of their domestic data plans.Sprint has expanded its Open World international calling program to now make all mobile calls and texts to and from Canada and Mexico free and included in monthly customer cellular plans, without additional roaming charges. As part of the expanded service, Sprint customers will also receive up to 1GB of 3G data for free while traveling in Canada and Mexico, according to the company's Aug. 10 announcement. That allotment is in addition to the data in a customer's domestic data plan. Additional data can be purchased at $30 per GB and will only be charged based on actual usage. The Sprint Open World program already offers roaming in 34 countries around the world and domestic calls to Latin America, the Dominican Republic and more than 180 other countries at five cents per minute when added to a domestic service plan, according to the company. Also included in Sprint Open World is 1GB of free data when customers travel the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. The countries of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will be added to the program in the future, according to Sprint. "We're opening up the world and breaking down borders so more Sprint customers can stay in touch with the people who are important to them," Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement. "Sprint is making it easier for our customers to connect without roaming charges or excessive fees for calls or texts."
For Sprint customers roaming outside of Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and other select Latin American countries, Open World participants pay 20 cents a minute for voice calls, while texts are free under the program. Use of 3G data outside these countries is billed at $30 per GB, billed per actual use. Included in these nations are Australia, Canary Islands (Spain), Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Palestinian Territories, Russia, San Marino (Italy), Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Vatican City, and Wales.